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Fermilab Art Series presents:
A Renaissance Christmas:
Music and Dance with Renaissonics

December 6, 2008 @ 8 p.m.
Tickets - $25 ($13 ages 18 and under)

A brilliant ensemble! - Early Music Review (London)

Join us for a truly unique holiday experience of music and dance from the Renaissance as we present A Renaissance Christmas with Renaissonics.

Renaissance music lives in the robust performances of Renaissonics. Simultaneously historical and contemporary in its approach, the group plays as musicians of the era played --vigorously and improvisationally. Renaissonics' stylish performances allow audiences to experience the elegance and excitement of Renaissance music as it was intended to be heard. You'll experience the eight musicians performing on lute, harp, percussion, violin, cello, recorders,crumhorn, pipe and tabor; and two dancers, providing a unique glimpse into the festive traditions of the past.

Music of the past is suddenly music of today. Virtuoso solos, chamber music, dance music and dazzling improvisations combine in a program that joyously bridges the gap between the artistic and pop. Renaissonics is a unique blend of members, all of whom are internationally recognized soloists, dance musicians, and improvisors. Their playing vibrantly blends this extensive expertise into performances that are continually original. Renaissonics is the resident ensemble for the Historical Dance Foundation's annual International Early Dance Institute.

RENAISSONICS is acknowledged as a leading ensemble of Renaissance Chamber Music, Dance Music, and Improvisation. They have appeared at the Festival Cenomanies in Le Mans, France; Musique en Catalogne Romaine, Perpignan, France; and may be heard on Ken Burn's PBS Documentary "The West". They were a featured ensemble for the Christmas Revels where they performed for a public of over 15,000 and for Early Music America's Star Spangled Season. Other appearances include the Boston Early Music Festival, the Cambridge Society for Early Music's International Candlelight Concerts, the Castle Hill Pop Music Series, the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, the New England Conservatory of Music's Improvisation Festival, Plimouth Plantation, and at Boston's First Night Celebration. RENAISSONICS is the resident ensemble of the Killington Vermont Shakespeare Festival.

Major collaborations have included performances with Hollywood star Michael York, Bolivian Music Ensemble Sumaj Chasquis, and renowned jazz drummer Bob Moses, and Latin Music stars Sol Y Canto. Their newest CD 'Carols for Dancing' was produced in collaboration with WGBH Public Radio. RENAISSONICS is also the featured ensemble in WGBH's nationally syndicated Sound and Spirit program Carols for Dancing.

Related Links:
http://www.renaissonics.com/ which includes audio samples.

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